# [SciPy-user] finding values in a list?

josef.pktd@gmai... josef.pktd@gmai...
Sat Jul 11 16:32:10 CDT 2009

```On Sat, Jul 11, 2009 at 5:29 PM, Skipper Seabold<jsseabold@gmail.com> wrote:
> On Sat, Jul 11, 2009 at 5:22 PM, <josef.pktd@gmail.com> wrote:
>> 2009/7/11 Carlos "Guâno" Grohmann <carlos.grohmann@gmail.com>:
>>> Sorry if this is too simple or even OT, but say I have a list like
>>>
>>> [1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9]
>>>
>>> and I want to get the values just below and above a given value.
>>>
>>> So, if I enter 6.2, I get 6 and 7.
>>>
>>> but how?
>>
>> maybe like this
>>>>> a = (np.array([1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9])-6.1)
>>>>> a[a>0].min() + 6.2
>> 7.0
>>>>> a[a<0].max() + 6.2
>> 6.0
>>
>> Josef
>>
>
> Yet another solution (though I too don't know if it's optimal).  This
> will work if you know that your values are always going to be within 1
>
>>>> import numpy as np
>>>> L = [1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8]
>>>> A = np.array(L)
>>>> index = np.where(np.abs((A-6.2))<1)
>>>> A[index]
> array([6, 7])
>
> Skipper
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for sorted lists, this might be fastest

>>> ind = np.searchsorted([1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9], 6.2)
>>> ind
6
>>> [1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9][ind-1]
6
>>> [1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9][ind]

It is unclear what should happen if the values is an element of the list.

Josef
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